Mr. Robert James Ewart

Robert James Ewart, 36, was a United States citizen and native of Ireland who lived in Brooklyn, New York, United States.  His residence was at 1851 Broadway. Ewart was the manager of a branch store of the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company where he earned $35.00 a week. He was on vacation to visit his mother in Ireland. Ewart survived the Lusitania sinking. Ewart was born in Ireland and immigrated to the United States, where he took up residence in Brooklyn, New York.  In 1907, Ewart lost his money when the bank he had deposited his money in failed.  After that time, he usually kept his money in his personal possession. On 31 July 1913, Ewart became a naturalized American citizen. In May 1915, Ewart was en route to Ireland to visit his mother and other relatives. When the Lusitania sank, Ewart was thrown into the water.  He was in the water for several hours and sustained bruises on the head and body and suffered from exposure and exhaustion. Ewart lost his luggage and cash that he was carrying with him but survived. He remained in Ireland about a year, during that time he was incapacitated from work. Some time after his return to the United States he married and took up residence in Wisconsin. There he spent his time caring for his garden, chickens, and cows. The Mixed Claims Commission awarded Robert James Ewart $3,500.00 in damages and a further $1,000.00 for property lost.

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Robert James Ewart at the Mixed Claims Commission
Contributors: Judith Tavares References: Mixed Claims Commission, Docket No. 2208.

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